Wednesday, May 8, 2013

[Book Review] Take It Off!

Title: Take It Off! (The Naked Truth About Male Strippers)
Author: Taylor Cole & Justin Whitfield
Date Published: October 5, 2012
Source: ARC
Genre: Autobiography, Memoirs
Rating: ★★★


About the Book:
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in a male strip club? Are those guys gay? How do they stay so ripped? Do they stuff their trunks? How did they get into such a business? How much money do they make? Do they have wild sex every night?  
This book takes you backstage and into the lives of two successful male strippers over a span of twenty years in the business. From their rookie days to their wild sexcapades and practical jokes, Take It Off! is a laugh-filled, action-packed joyride.  
Justin Whitfield and Taylor Cole are the stage names of male exotic dancers who have performed for women in Europe, the Caribbean, South America and Canada, as well as at various casinos, on cruise ships and in hundreds of clubs across the United States. Both have been featured on television and radio, as well as in newspapers, calendars, and magazines. Both are also official Ellora’s Caveman cover models and appear on our erotic romance covers and at our conventions and tradeshows.

Funny, entertaining and definitely insightful!

This book gives a highly entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at male strip clubs as told by two successful male strippers with a stripping career spanning 20 years.

First off, I have to admit that this book isn't the kind of book I usually read. Second, I have been to a male strip club, I've watched Magic Mike, and the main reason why I chose to read and review this book is because I was intrigued by the subject of male strippers, and because of Magic Mike. Now that those are settled, I guess it's time for the review.

Surprisingly, this book is informative! Aside from telling the stories behind strip clubs and how the male stripping business operates, this also contains information about diet, nutrition and lifestyle. I didn't think that these would be included so I was pleasantly surprised.

Guys who need advice about girls and how to get a girl's number should also definitely read this book because Taylor Cole shared how many of the male strippers started out as shy guys before being strip show stars. It wouldn't hurt for guys to read this book, too. Who knows? They might even pick up a thing or two.

Also, I love how this book shares even the most minute details in a male stripper's life, stuff like amateur's night, strip-o-grams, birthday parties, dating a female stripper, relationships, even prostitution and drugs. These really gave an insight as to what constitutes a regular day/night for a male stripper.

While a stripper's life sounds exciting and fun, many of the negative things were also included in this book, but I appreciate that the way they told their story didn't dwell on the negatives. I also appreciate that they included a Do's and Don'ts list about what strippers should and should NOT do. Not that I'm planning to be a stripper any time sooner, but these gave an important insight on just what kind of hardships and temptations male strippers face in their career. 

And of course, I really liked the funny antics, pranks and funny escapades that were told in this book. Like Taylor Cole said, being a male stripper was like being in a fraternity. Many of the male strippers they worked with became their life-long friends.

Oh, and let's not forget the part about bathroom sex. If there was anything that was healthily described in this book, it's sex. Steamy, wild and raunchy sex with unknown women. This book narrated just how much action a male stripper can get if he wanted it.

My most favorite part of this book is probably the part where a male stripper chose to go home to his girlfriend rather than take the invitation of two gorgeous girls for a hot threesome, because this behavior is entirely in contrast as to how strippers are viewed. Most strippers are viewed like sex gods, playboys, philanderers and Casanovas, but that particular story in the book showed that male strippers could be nice guys, too.

All in all, although the writing and narration was raw, the book itself was entertaining and insightful. I recommend this to women, just so they know what really happens in the life of the male stripper they hire/hired/about to hire. I also recommend this book to men, especially to those with confidence issues because this book could really teach them a thing or two about being a sex god. LOL.


Here's a picture of Taylor Cole and Justin Whitfield:

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